Greeley Unexpected celebrates diversity and multicultural events in our community. From the UNC Cultural and Resource Centers and the Newcomer Program at Greeley West High School to Cinco de Mayo and Oktobrewfest, we are all about promoting local programs and special events. We’re really excited about food, music and more at new events such as the first Greeley Multicultural Festival on October 7, but there is so much more to celebrate and enjoy this year.
Just this week, on September 5, the Greeley City Council passed a resolution regarding the Greeley Human Relations Commission and immigrant and refugee residents. This was follow up action to a report on immigration provided to Council members from the Greeley Human Relations Commission. On September 7, there was a DACA solidarity rally on the University of Northern Colorado campus. Hundreds of people gathered to support ‘Dreamers’ in Greeley and the United States.
Very soon, Americans will observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
See the list and links below for local events that honor Hispanic cultural traditions, as well as people from all over the world.
- Billie Martinez Neighborhood Celebration – September 8
- Friday Fest: Kizumba (Salsa) – September 8
- A Week in Paris – September 10
- Downtown Bilingual Walking Tour – September 11
- Take Back the Night – September 14
- 16th of September (Mexican Independence) Celebration – September 15
- El Movimiento Exhibit Celebration – September 15
- 10th Annual Dearfield Day – September 17
- Seeds of Success: Celebrating Those Who Inspire Us – September 18
- International Film Series: I Am Not Your Negro – September 20 & 21
- UNC Community Fest – September 23
- A Walk in Their Shoes (Refugee Simulation Event) – September 24
- Successful Outreach to Mexican Americans/Latin@s – September 26
- The Past is Present (and Future) – How Local Heritage Fosters Integration – September 27
- Community Meeting (regarding immigration laws) – September 28
- Greeley’s OcktoBREWfest – September 29 & 30
- Japanese Festival & Cosplay Contest – October 1
- International Film Series: Tickling Giants – October 4 & 5
- Albert Porter: Boy Explorer/Niño Explorador – October 5
- Juana Bordas Reception & Lecture – October 5
- Greeley Multicultural Festival – October 7
- Colorado Futbol Partnership Adult Tournament – October 14
- International Film Series: Dolores – October 19
- Dia de los Muertos: Face Painting (Farmers’ Market) – October 28
- Dia de los Muertos: Art Reception – October 28
- Dia de los Muertos: Rock n Roll Dance Party – October 28
In addition to this list, there is an exhibit open until September 27 on the University of Northern Colorado campus in the Mari Michener Gallery called El Movimiento. The exhibit tells the story of the Chicano civil rights movement in Colorado. University Libraries staff, representatives from the Mexican American Studies program and School District 6 worked together to enrich the exhibit, originally conceived and displayed at History Colorado in Denver. The exhibit is free and open to the public all hours that Michener Library is open.